You know you've stumbled across something good when other financial publishing outlets begin using it.
It is a bit of a catch-22, however, because on the one hand it's an idea that we here at StreetAuthority developed and made popular, but don't get credit for... On the other hand, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
To be sure, it's not as if we developed an iPhone model that every other competitor began mimicking, or some other ground-breaking technology. We simply came up with giving a sound, time-tested way of investing, a couple of catchy phrases. They aren't proprietary, trademarked or patented. Nor should they be. But now, whenever I come across them on the Web, I simply smile and know that the history behind these popular headlines and marketing commentary all started here.
You see, we've published thousands of in-depth research reports. Everything from high-dividend payers, game-changing innovations, top tech stocks, best plays in emerging markets -- you name it, we've told you how to profit from it.
But there are two pieces of research that have spread like wildfire since we first began publishing them over a decade ago. In fact, I hardly even mention or use the phrases in the pages of my premium newsletter anymore because they don't seem to carry the same connotation they used to. But that doesn't mean these two pieces of research are any less important. If anything, it proves just how important, and successful, they are.
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I'm of course talking about our "Forever Stocks" and "Top 10 Stocks" reports.
These annual reports are the most sought-after and popular reports that we publish. (It's also why you see similar reports from other outlets not affiliated with StreetAuthority.)
Today, I want to provide an update on The Top 10 Stocks for 2019 report.
We spend a great deal of time and effort throughout the year researching and identifying the stocks that go into this report for the following year. This is no easy task, especially in a world that focuses on the here and now, or the current quarterly earnings report.
But here's the thing... To be a successful investor, we must take into consideration not only what the firm is doing today, but its growth prospects for the future. What its industry looks like, its peers, the economy, and the overall global outlook. We must take into consideration any "rogue" waves that could disrupt this company's future cash flows. It could something that's not even on our radar or invented yet.
Like I said, it's no easy task. But we seem to have identified a winning formula.
Of course, not every pick will perform as we expected, or beat the market. But I'll tell you what: I can say that over the last 10-plus years that we've been doing this, we've done a pretty remarkable job in identifying stocks that went on to beat the market.
This year, many of the picks in our Top 10 Stocks for 2019 report are off to a roaring start. Granted, it helps that the overall market is up as well. But eight of the 11 picks (this year we provided a "Bonus" recommendation) are up double digits so far this year.
This doesn't mean you've missed the boat. Five of these holdings are still trading for under my "Buy-Under" price. But I don't expect that to last long.
Let's look at how they've done so far this year:
Overall, this year's picks are up an average of 17.4% in two and a half months, beating the broader market, as measured by the S&P 500, by five percentage points. And we're not even a quarter of the way through the year.
Some of you may look at the above chart and think you missed the opportunity to invest in these stocks. And while a handful of them are trading above my buy-under price, there are a handful that I believe still have plenty of room to run.
In fact, six of my picks for 2019 are still trading below my "buy under" price. And there are a couple of stocks that are trading just north of their buy-under prices. Of course, I can't give the names of all of these picks away today, but one example that I'll share with you today is Tencent (OTC: TCEHY) -- the Facebook of China, if you will -- is listed as a Buy even though it's trading for more than my original buy-under price. That's because I believe Tencent is still a good value that offers significant upside around recent prices.
Generating solid returns doesn't have to be difficult. You don't have to scour penny stocks or micro caps in search of the next Amazon or Google. In fact, you'll likely lose a considerable amount of money (and time) before you hit it big with some no-name stock that doesn't make a profit.
We've found -- after more than decade of publishing the Top 10 Stocks reports -- that some of the best companies share similar characteristics. And, no, there's no proprietary secret or algorithm involved.
Instead, we focus on companies that enjoy huge, long-term, advantages over their competition, generate significant amounts of cash flow compared to sales, produce goods and services necessary for everyday life, and continuously shower their shareholders with dividends and share buybacks.
This way of investing isn't the "sexiest," and it may not provide you with great stories to tell at your next cocktail party. But it will help you continuously build your portfolio and wealth, while getting a good night's rest. And there's something to be said for that.
Like I said, there's still time to profit from my top picks for 2019 -- and you can get access to them today. Even if you don't end up joining us over at my premium newsletter, you'll end up learning a lot about what it takes to be a truly successful investor over the long-term. To find out more, go here now.
(This article originally appeared on StreetAuthority.com.)